January 07, 2007

The Manor Church Senior Citizens Club met at Washington Square United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Dec. 13, to enjoy its Christmas dinner.

The president welcomed members and guests with a cheery "good morning" and recited Psalms 18:24, "This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it."

The Christmas story from Luke 2:1-20 was read by the Rev. Ralph Jamison, who also offered the blessing for the delicious turkey dinner, which was prepared and served by Sylvia Smith and her faithful helpers. Sixty-six members and guests enjoyed the dinner.

The president introduced guests including William Beard, vice president of the board of directors, and Kathy Fisher, Senior Club liaison.

Following the dinner, Santa Claus arrived with gifts and a loud "ho, ho, ho" for everyone. Mrs. Claus arrived in time for dinner, while Santa finished checking his list. He reported that all the club members had been good. He hoped that Richard Coss will leave some of Iolene's good orange coconut cookies again this year. He told John Spessard he could have had seconds on the sauerkraut, that Sylvia had cooked plenty.


Charlotte Dixon introduced Maurine St. Clair, manager of Charlotte's Home in Boonsboro, and explained the display of 30 lap robes made to be given to the home. Walker bags were also made and delivered to the home. These projects were headed up by Charlotte Dixon, Mildred Shank and Geraldine Drilly.

Members and guest having birthdays in December each received a gift. Many door prizes were given by Santa and his helpers. First-time guests received a coin, compliments of the club.

All members and guests received a small cross pin, a Christmas love gift from the president.

The music of the Sentimental Sounds, played by Jack and Donna Haines and featuring their grandson Craig Hayes, was enjoyed by all. The happy day came to a beautiful close as they played "Silent Night" and the closing prayer was given by Rev. Jamison. Members and guests lingered with happy hugs and well wishes for safe traveling and a merry Christmas.

The Rotary Club of Long Meadows recently presented its annual Vocational Service Awards to three distinguished individuals in recognition of their outstanding professional careers, adherence to the highest ethical standards and fair treatment to those with whom they have had business or professional relations.

Rob Hovermale, coordinator of visual and performing arts for Washington County Public Schools, was honored for his commitment to music and arts education in Washington County. A $1,000 donation in his honor was made to the Washington County Board of Education/Music Department.

Rotarians W. Kennedy Boone III and Patrick Kline were recognized for their 24 years of service as the chair and treasurer, respectively, of the Rotary Club of Long Meadows Foundation. Since its creation in 1984, the Foundation has dispersed more than $400,000 in funds generated through Long Meadows Rotary's community fundraising efforts. Funds are used exclusively for the furtherance of civic and charitable projects throughout Washington County.

The Rotary Club of Long Meadows meets every Monday at 6:15 p.m. for dinner and a program at Nick's Airport Inn. For further information, contact club president Richard Lenehan at 301-582-1472.

George Washington Masonic Lodge No. 143, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Chambersburg, Pa., is proud to support Christian Residential Occupational and Social Services, (CROSS Inc)., at 712 Pinola Road in Shippensburg, Pa.

The program offers a group home setting to people in need of financial assistance, in an environment where Christian values are respected and taught and where residents are encouraged to develop to their fullest potential. Residents work outside the home in sheltered workshops or are involved in an adult daycare center. They assist with cooking, doing laundry and keeping their rooms clean. Outside of the home, residents participant in activities with their own families, local churches, and other community events.

Recently, Lodge No. 143 donated $500 for additions to the wildlife area on Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg, Pa., which is being constructed by the Master Gardeners. The wildlife area is to be used for educational and group meetings, and the enjoyment of the public.

This past holiday season at the Frederick Rescue Mission came to a heartwarming close with love, support and hope from generous hearts in the Frederick, Md., community.

Throughout December, many phone calls came in from people asking if they could buy gifts for the residents. Each resident and his family were provided for.

On Dec. 22, the mission held its annual gift distribution event at the Beacon House Chapel room. The engagement was joined by staff and board members, residents and their families, Adopt-a-Family sponsors and other close friends of the mission.

As a result of the Adopt-a-Family Program, residents and their children were able to enjoy this Christmas with special gifts that brought tears to their eyes and joy in their spirits.

More than 50 individuals, families, businesses and church groups provided each man with winter clothes, running shoes, and other items on their wish lists. Every resident experienced a special holiday season through the compassion of the community.

With the start of a new year, the mission anticipates more partnerships to eliminate homelessness and hopelessness in Frederick County.

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